February 13, 2017

Mikron Automation expands U.S. Headquarters in Metro Denver to meet rapid growth

Denver, CO, January 2017 ‒ Mikron Automation and Denver-based Confluent Development announced the expansion of Mikron Automation’s U.S. headquarters in Arapahoe County’s Dove Valley Business Park. The industrial facility will expand to include 19,000 square feet of needed space to help support the company’s rapid growth, increasing the facility’s total size to 82,000 square feet.

Mikron Automation, a division of the Swiss-based Mikron Group, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of customized, highly productive automation solutions for assembly and testing of pharma, medical, automotive, consumer, electrical and construction products. Its U.S. headquarters in Dove Valley Business Park, which is home to more than 100 skilled employees, serves as an assembly and testing facility and is one of the two U.S. locations for the Mikron Group.

As the developer on the expansion project, Confluent Development previously delivered Mikron Automation’s new U.S. headquarters in 2015 as the company relocated from its former Aurora facility. The Denver relocation increased Mikron’s production capability by 30 percent with a facility fostering efficient workflow and flexible configurations, contributing to the company’s rapid operational growth. The relocation included plans for this future growth, with Confluent Development initiating the expansion project in September 2016 and a planned completion in April 2017.

“With our relocation in 2015 supporting improved operational processes, we’ve been thrilled to see that our current demand has far exceeded projections, triggering the need for immediate growth,” said Mike Gunner, General Manager for Mikron Corporation Denver. “We’re very pleased to soon have an expanded headquarters, to further enhance our speed-to-market goals and the customer experience.”

In addition to the development project, Mikron’s focus on talent recruitment and retention has also supported its rapid growth, receiving recognition for its success. Last year, the Denver location launched an apprenticeship program in coordination with the governor’s office, Department of Labor, local colleges and school districts. With Mikron Corporation Denver as a corporate leader of Colorado’s Workforce Development efforts, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1288, Industry Infrastructure Grant Program, in the company’s new Denver facility in May 2016. 

“Mikron is truly a forward-thinking company with keen insight into how to continue strengthening relationships with current and future customers across North and Central America,” said Celeste Tanner, chief development officer of Confluent Development. “It’s rewarding to see the ways in which the physical facility can contribute to a company’s dramatic success, and we’re honored to help play a role in the growth.”

Dove Valley Business Park Associates helped to complete the original land sale, Open Studio Architecture is serving as the architect and Alcorn Construction is the project’s general contractor. Jim McGrath and Tom Pappas of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank represented Mikron in the transaction.

About Confluent Development
Confluent Development is a leading full-service real estate investment and development firm that owns and develops ground-up commercial real estate throughout the United States. Confluent Development is an industry expert with more than 25 years experience across diverse product types including senior housing, office, retail, industrial and multi-family developments. For more information, visit ConfluentDev.com.

About Mikron Automation
Mikron Automation – a division of the Mikron Group – is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of customized, highly productive automation solutions for the assembly and testing of complex products. The division guarantees customers fast, professional service and support. Mikron Automation is headquartered in Boudry (Neuchâtel), in a region that is regarded as the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry. To date, Mikron Automation has installed more than 3,000 assembly and testing systems worldwide. Its international customers operate in the following industries: pharma, medtech, automotive supply, electrical/electronics, consumer goods and construction/building. Mikron Automation employs around 650 people at its sites in Boudry (Switzerland, headquarters), Berlin (Germany), Denver (USA), Singapore and Shanghai (China).

Mikron Automation, Jean-François Bauer, Head of Marketing and Business Development, mbo@mikron.com